'Bielsa is so clever' - Exclusive: Bent reacts to big Leeds development pre-deadline day
Leeds United target Marcelo Bielsa may have seen something in transfer target Louie Sibley that could “help then win”, according to Darren Bent.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England striker said the 19-year-old has “all the attributes, all the quality”.
This site revealed earlier this week that the Yorkshire giants will have to pay a minimum of £10million for the Derby County ace.
Recruitment chief Victor Orta revealed to the Yorkshire Post that the club are tracking the midfielder after an impressive breakout campaign last season.
The Derby academy graduate scored five goals and provided two assists in 11 Championship games for the Rams.
That included a hat-trick on just his second league start for the club in their 3-2 win over Millwall in July.
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Asked whether Bielsa is the right manager for Sibley’s development, Bent said: “Bielsa, we know how good he is, how clever he is.
“If he sees something in a player and he thinks he can help Leeds to win then listen, that is superb.
“For Louie Sibley, all he needs to do now is focus on what he’s doing at Derby, play really well in that system, and go from there.
“He has got all the attributes, he’s got all the ability, but at the same time he can’t think too far ahead.”
Sibley has featured in all but one of Derby’s game this season and has contributed one assist in his five appearances.
The midfielder has represented England at under-17, under-18 and under-19 level.